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Underwater photography at Istanbul Ataturk airport

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Ali Ethem Keskin and Erkan Balk, two most popular underwater photographers of Turkey, traced the headwaters of Sakarya River and have opened an exhibition at TAV Gallery located at Atatürk Airport.

TAV Gallery, which is the culture and art platform located at Atatürk Airport operated by TAV Airports, is hosting an exhibition consisting of photographs of the headwaters of Sakarya, which is the third longest river of Turkey. Composed of the photographs of Ali Ethem Keskin and Erkan Balk, the exhibition's opening ceremony was attended by Eskişehir Governor Güngör Azim Tuna, Atatürk AirportCivil Administration Manager Mehmet Türk and TAV Istanbul General Manager Kemal Ünlü.

TAV Istanbul General Manager Kemal Ünlü stated, “We welcome 57 million passengers at Atatürk Airport every year and we continue working to offer a comfortable, fast and safe travel experience to our passengers. As a result of appreciating culture and art and the idea of creating a pleasant area for our passengers to spend time, we have established TAV Gallery and showcased tens of exhibitions up until today. We are glad to host “The Birth of a River: Sakarya” exhibition at TAV Gallery. Whilst providing a different perspective to Sakarya River, one of the leading natural wealth of our country, these photographs also remind our passengers the importance of protecting our water and environment."

Having a length of 824 km, Sakarya River's source is between Afyon and Eskişehir provinces. Running through Bolu, Ankara, Bilecik, Bursa, Kütahya and Konya provinces, the river finally flows into the Black Sea. The name of the river comes from Sangarius, a River-God of Phrygia and central Bithynia in Anatolia, the catchment area that feed the river is around 58,000 square kilometers.

The exhibition will be open at TAV Gallery until February 16th on the departures floor of Atatürk Airport International Terminal.







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